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Club step up to keep fit

Rotary Club members Ian Cochrane and Jan Jackson (front) and back row, from left, Dave Ryan a participant and local resident, Karen Rees-Unwin from The Big Local, Cllr Adrian Pearce and his partner Christine Beardman.

The Walking Together, ‘Couch to Out and About’ group supported by Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club members, have celebrated the Summer Solstice.

They teamed up to climb Hartshead Pike on the longest day, Monday, June 21.

Club President Elect and walk leader Ian Cochrane explained: “The walking and creative arts project provides opportunities for participants to walk together and link their walking experiences with creative arts like photography or creative writing.

“Funding was secured by The Big Local through an Age Friendly grant from Tameside Public Health.

“As a keen walker myself I know just how beneficial exercise can be for health and well-being and so I was delighted to get involved as a volunteer walk leader.

“The project encourages people to remain or become active and our regular walks of about four and a half miles take place on Tuesday mornings.

“However, we organisers are conscious that not everyone is available to enjoy our regular walks and we decided to organise the summer solstice evening walk so people unavailable during the day could also get involved.

“As a member and the President Elect of Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary I’ve had first-hand experience of the Club’s place at the heart of the community and our club members’ enthusiasm for any opportunities to support local initiatives.

“I was delighted to be able to invite club members to walk alongside me on the evening and celebrate the summer solstice together.”

The walk route took in Arlies Lane and Luzley Road to ascend Hartshead Pike and after a short rest to appreciate the views they descended via Mossley Road back to The Big Local Hub located at the shop units on Ambleside.

Ian added: “The evening was a great success and we’re now busy planning another evening walk later on in the summer.”

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